Historians for Peace and Democracy (H-PAD) is working with the Zinn Education Project to mobilize professional historians to oppose the right-wing’s lies and distortions about what is and what is not being taught in schools and to stand up for educational freedom. Toward that end, we have created the “Historians-on-Call” network to identify when and where the historians can support local efforts. We have created a simple website for the group here.
Some examples of opportunities to provide support include:
- Weigh in on proposed new or amended social studies standards
- Meet with or talk to local social studies coordinators, high school teachers, and educational administrators
- Pay attention to local school board elections, vote, and encourage colleagues to vote
- Write op-eds and letters to the editor or meet with newspaper editorial boards to explain the impact of legislation censoring historical education
Historians-on-Call looks to connect historians with local struggles and opportunities to support educators. To date, more than 80 historians have signed up from Arizona, California, D.C., Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, and other states.
If you are a professional historian, we invite you to join Historians-on-Call.
If you work in a school district that can use the voice or expertise of a historian to defend the teaching of people’s history, email us here